A MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN
Welcome back! Whether you spent your time relaxing, studying, working, or on one of the ITP trips to Argentina, Egypt, Morocco, South Africa, or Tanzania, I hope you had an enjoyable spring break and have returned ready to wrap up the last few weeks of the semester.
As many of you know, the Law School celebrates its sesquicentennial this year. To mark the occasion, we have launched a Web site that chronicles the history of the school. I encourage you to take a moment to travel through some highlights of our past.
Additionally, I would like to remind you of some important upcoming events. Please keep these dates in mind:
April 13-17: Cap and gown pick-up
April 20: Spring classes end
April 21-24: Review sessions and reading period
April 25-30: Spring Semester examinations (pdf)
May 9-15: Convocation Week
May 15: Law School Convocation
Executive LLM in Seoul Program Graduation Ceremony, March 27
While you were away, 21 Executive LLM students from Korea visited Chicago to complete their final course and celebrate their graduation. The students, Korean legal professionals working for businesses, law firms, and government agencies, have spent the past year studying in Seoul, Korea, with Northwestern Law professors. The graduation ceremony was held in Lincoln Hall on Friday. Our class of 2009 Seoul Executive LLM students, which includes a total of 32 students, began studying in Korea earlier this month.
Day at Northwestern Law, Admitted Students Weekend, April 3-4
Hundreds of admitted students will be getting acquainted with the Law School on Saturday, April 4, when they join us for Day at Northwestern Law. They will meet with current students, faculty, and administrators, as well as potential classmates. In many cases, this is the weekend when most make the final decision to become permanent members of our community. If you happen to run into any of them, I hope you tell them about your great experience at Northwestern Law. Thank you to our Student Admissions Committee members for your hard work in putting this together.
Law Board Meeting, April 3-4
At the annual spring Law Board meeting, I will meet with alumni as well as legal and business professionals to discuss strategic planning and the future course of the Law School.
Public Service Benefit Dinner, April 16
The Student Funded Public Interest Fellowship will host its sixth annual Public Service Benefit Dinner Thursday, April 16 at 5 p.m. in the Law School atrium. The event will recognize three Northwestern Law alumni for their outstanding contributions in public service: Alan Mills JD ’81, legal director of the Uptown People’s Law Center, Professor Thomas Morsch JD ’55, and Anton Valukas JD ’68, chairman of Jenner & Block LLP.
Student Leadership Retreat, Zion, Illinois, April 10-11
At the annual Student Leadership Retreat, which will take place in Zion, Ill., student leaders will participate in numerous events, including a brainstorming session on ways to improve student life here at Northwestern Law.
29th Annual Ray Garrett Jr. Institute, April 30-May 1
Senior officials from the Securities and Exchange Commission will take part at this annual institute, a part of Northwestern Law's continuing legal education program. This year’s program includes a mock hearing before Justice Jack B. Jacobs of the Delaware Supreme Court.
Graduation Convocation for the Class of 2009, May 15
The Graduation Convocation ceremony will take place Friday, May 15, at 1 p.m. in the Arie Crown Theater at McCormick Place. A reception at the Law School for graduates, friends, and family will follow. Please visit the Convocation Web site for more information. Judge Richard C. Tallman JD’78 of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will deliver the alumni convocation address.
First Class of Accelerated JD Students Enroll May 18
On Monday, May 18, our inaugural class of approximately twenty-five Accelerated JD (AJD) students will officially begin their classes here at the Law School. Our AJD task force and admissions office have worked diligently to make this a reality and I am excited about this outstanding group of students who will be joining our community.